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“He is the hero of our story, the perfect spotless Lamb sent to adorn the doorposts of our hearts with His own blood. He is Isaac’s ram caught in the thicket, God’s perfectly timed provision of a substitute. He is our new Moses, sent by God to deliver us from the land of our slavery into our promised inheritance. He doesn’t just deliver God’s law to us, He fulfills it on our behalf–perfectly. He alone (like Joseph) possesses the resources needed to satisfy our spiritual famine.

“He is the faultless Judge who rescues His people from our own waywardness. He has courage deeper than David, wisdom greater than Solomon, and faith firmer than Elijah. He is Immanuel–God with His people. Where there is despair, He brings hope. Where there is brokenness, He brings healing. Where there is sadness, He brings joy. Where there is bondage, He sets people free.” (shereadstruth.com/2015/12/21/jesus-is-the-promised-one/)

As I have been reflecting on these thoughts during this Advent season, I am compelled to just sit simply in wonder. It is astounding how everything that ever happened pre-Jesus coming in the bible all unmistakably pointed to Him. God gave us so much foreshadowing for the Precious Savior that was to come.

What a celebration it is to remember how He gave up His heavenly home (where there is no brokenness, by the way) to become something far less than He is (one of us), and died the horrific death of a criminal (though He did nothing wrong) to pay the debts that weren’t His (oh yeah, they were yours and mine). Friends, if that doesn’t show His Love for us, then nothing ever could.


He did not do what is convenient. He did not do what is comfortable. He submitted His Power and Authority to the hands of mortal men who would betray Him, crush His body, and not even realize what they were doing.

But that’s okay. God had it under control. It was His plan all along to send a kinsman Redeemer for our benefit so that we would no longer be spiritually bankrupt. He knew that we would need rescued and He sent the Perfect Sacrifice to cover for what we had done.

And He sent a baby. The one who would change everything.


God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Merry Christmas. The LORD our Savior has come!


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